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Kurimiric Culture

The life of the Kurmiri circles a lot around their present God, Èsido. The fact that these people do not only believe in a creator, but know of his existence and once in a while can even see him, has a great impact on their view of life, for they know they have a purpose. Èsido greatly prevents any kind of warfare among his people by his mere presence and the knowledge that he does not approve of war. The Zharmani, his emissaries, are spread over their domain, taking care of his people. But still, war is a part of their life. Not only does Èsido fear the proximity to the people of his brother, the S˘rijan, but he is also opposed by the vile T˘s, a creature almost as divine as he is, ruling over several powerful entities like his own Zharmani and a host of Shure˘ri, a kind of Kurmiri no longer under the sway of their creator but born as slaves of the Doomed and his servants.

There are hardly any real political borders on the Kurmiric map, for the differentiation between discreet areas is for administrative purposes only. Every district has a kind of administrative capital, which in some cases is merely a larger village in which the local office resides. Over time, these places become bigger, since their political importance attracts merchants to use the place as a central base for local trade. Otherwise these cities never gained the importance of a Sôrijan capital such as Okira or Jôk.

Kurmiri live in large families. In the countryside a farm consists of several buildings with up to twenty people living there. They eat at least one meal of the day together in order to hold the family together. In the cities, a family often lives on relatively small space or large houses in order to retain the traditional family structure.

A large part of Kurmiric life are the Arts. Èsido's original intention to create the Kurmiri was to share his artistic wealth with someone, after he fell out with his brothers. hence, as a kind of religious dutiy, next to their profession most Kurmiri are active in some sort of art, be it sculptig, painting, music, writing or other. Every fourteen days (honoring the fourteen Zharmani) the recent results of their artistic activities are shared with the community in a large festival with much singing, food and drink. This also means that beauty is an important trait or value in Kurmiric culture. Those born with a misshapen body can redeem themselves in the society by working hard on their arts.


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